Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Affairs, Cordless Phones, Supper Out

Is it because they are film stars or politicians, but now Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to a mistress and an illegitimate child. Silly man, especially as his wife is a member of the Kennedy family and therefore well connected. Why are these men such fools and end up ruining their careers whether it be political or otherwise? I suppose they think they will never be found out. Look what happened to John Edwards, he has faded into nothingness although I guess Arnold always has his film career to fall back on. Hollywood makes capital out of such publicity. They listed a whole bunch more well known men on GA this morning.

We had an irritating day yesterday, when I tried to dial 911 the other night our cordless phone wouldn’t dial it. I ended up using another phone. However, I phoned GE and it turned out that every number I pressed had to be pressed twice before it registered. Heaven knows why. I had always used speed dial on that phone so never noticed. GE no longer make cordless phones. So then we go to Staples and pick up an inexpensive phone which, it turned out, Vtechdidn’t allow speed dial. No good, Matt would never figure out how to get at the address book on the phone. Took it back and discovered that none of the cordless phones had a speed dial feature. Got our money back. Decided to go to Zellers and asked them about speed dial there, they assured me none of the phones had it. We ended up buying one anyway. Guess what, I was browsing the manual later and there is a speed dial feature for 10 numbers. Now how come the assistants don’t know that? We ended up with a Vtech which has quite a few other features – it can be expanded to take extra phones or something,  but obviously we don’t need more than one. So,  now it is charged I spent some more frustrating time trying to figure out the instructions in the manual to enter speed dials. Whoever writes these instructions is insufficiently explicit.

We both felt too lazy to cook last night after so much running around with the phones so we went down the road to Howl Caesar Chickenat the Moon and had supper there. Not a bad deal, not gourmet cuisine you understand, but good food, plenty of it. I had soup (potato and bacon) and then we both ended up with Chicken Caesar Salads, a small one for me, a full size for Matt. There was a lot of chicken on the salad.

I thought this cake looked easy and rather interesting. You can’t really go wrong with lemon flavours.

Lemonade Layer Cake

For the Cake:Lemonade Layer Cake
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 Tbs frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 Tbs lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
For the Frosting:
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp minced lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon oil
Lemon zest for garnish


2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch-square nonstick cake pans with 2-inch-high sides; line bottoms with parchment paper; butter paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl; set aside. Using an electric stand mixer and paddle attachment, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally and beating until light. Beat in lemonade concentrate, zest and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down sides occasionally. Continue to beat until mixture is smooth. On low speed beat in dry ingredients alternately with milk in 3 batches, beginning and ending with dry ingredients, until just blended. Divide batter equally between prepared pans.

3. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks.


5. Using electric stand mixer and whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in zest, vanilla and lemon oil until mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 4 minutes.


7. Turn cakes out onto work surface. Peel off parchment paper. Place one cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.


9. Cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome; refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours before serving.


11. Peel off long strips of lemon zest using zester. Sprinkle zest around edges of cake.

Servings: 12


Author Notes
This cake is lemony inside and out. The combination of frozen lemonade concentrate and fresh lemon zest give this cake a zingy flavor.

Have a great day



  1. Jo, I think men in power draw women and it doesn't matter whether it's politics, entertainment, or corporate. Not only that, but men and women in power/wealth have a certain sense on entitlement.

    Think about it. 700 years ago aristocrats sent their daughters (and sons) to court to land a well connected spouse for the family coffers. Hey, if the King took her as mistress, all the better. They've been bartering daughters for thousands of years for wealth and political influence for the family. Nothing new there.

    Still happens today, in one form or another. No surprise that many marriages are contracted for political goals or wealth or both.

    In this side of the world, we tend to think most marriages are a love match rather than expediency.

    Not saying it wasn't with the Schwarzeneggers or the Edwards, but since the general public look at marriage as love and loyalty, it doesn't matter why the couples came together, it damages their reps, in the voting public's eyes.

    Then there is the thought, it takes two to have an affair. The woman could have said no, too. Just sayin'

    Love that cake recipe!

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

  2. Sure Sia, basically there is nothing new under the sun. But some of these things are looked at more tolerantly in Europe than they are in North America so a politician must be well aware that such an indiscretion can ruin his career. In the theatrical world it doesn't matter so much, its all publicity.

    I find I am now looking at some of the famous people of the North Americas and thinking "have you???"